Chinese Year of the Horse celebrated at Thames Valley Adventure Playground

PUBLISHED: 15:54 16 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:16 23 March 2015

The new work of art on display

The new work of art on display


One of Maidenhead’s talented art groups, Whitecroft Studio, took on the challenge of painting a double-door sized horse to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Horse, and then to donate the finished work to a charity.

This was their parting shot of 2014, and their splendid effort now hangs proudly at the Thames Valley Adventure Playground in Taplow.

As Nicky Hutchinson, their Donations’ Manager, said, the horse makes a fantastic addition to the Playground; the words ‘fabulous’ and ‘thrilled’ and ‘superb’ were added for good measure. Nicky added that the horse is helping to make the Playground the ever-changing environment which is of such benefit to so many people with a special need, and that they are delighted to have Whitecroft Studio’s support. Whitecroft is delighted that their horse has found a good home.

About Whitecroft Studio

The Whitecroft group has been active in the community for around nine years and is proud of its multicultural tradition. They have had around 15 nationalities working in their studio, and have exhibited at the Norden Farm Art Centre for the past three years. Visitors to that centre may remember the large painting of the Queen, celebrating her Golden Jubilee, and, the following year, Whitecroft’s celebration of its own multicultural nature, with a diversity of flowers from around the world.

The horse idea came from this same sense of the international diversity of the group, in celebrating the Chinese Year of the Horse. The painting was inspired by Dutch artist Jacob de Gheyn II, (1565-1629) The group has also exhibited at the Maidenhead Library, Bucks Open Studios, and Maidenhead’s Art on the Street.

About Thames Valley Adventure Playground

For over 30 years the Thames Valley Adventure Playground (Registered Charity No. 278336) has given children and adults with special needs the chance to enjoy all the fun and freedom of adventure play in a stimulating and supportive environment - opportunities which most people would take for granted, but which can be so hard to experience if you have a disability. Over 13,500 visits are made to the Adventure Playground each year, with users travelling from across the Thames Valley and beyond as there are so few places closer to home were they can have a chance to be themselves, and where everyone can join in, whatever their abilities.



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